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Creating Waldens
An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance

By Ronald A. Bosco, Joel Myerson, and Daisaku Ikeda

Dialogue Path Press, September 2009


How can I incorporate the spiritual and ethical insights

of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman into my life?

In the eighteen provocative discussions that make up Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance, Ronald A. Bosco, Joel Myerson, and Daisaku Ikeda explore the multifaceted, enduring legacy of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. In the process, the authors challenge us to do as these great figures once did – to look deep inside ourselves to discover our potential for growth, to encounter the natural world with reverence and delight, and to express ourselves with poetry and imagination.

With great appreciation for the timeless gifts of the American Renaissance, Bosco, Myerson, and Ikeda encourage each of us, indeed, to create our own Waldens.

Ronald A. Bosco is Distinguished Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Albany, State University of New York.

Joel Myerson is Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American Literature at the University of South Carolina.

Daisaku Ikeda is President of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with 12 million members worldwide.

Advance Praise

Creating Waldens is a great, fortifying gift.” ... read more

Frances Moore Lappé, author of Getting a Grip and Diet for a Small Planet

Creating Waldens brilliantly celebrates the continued relevance of Emerson and Thoreau to our life and times.” ... read more

Lou Marinoff, author of The Middle Way: Finding Happiness in a World of Extremes

“A clarion call against authoritarianism.” ... read more

Anita Patterson, Boston University

"...thought-provoking inspiration." ... read more

Sarah Wider, Colgate University

"Here is the essence of the thoughts of these great American writers." ... read more

John Hanson Mitchell, author of Walking Towards Walden: A Pilgrimage in Search of Place

Reader Reflections

Six months after the Sept. '09 publication of Creating Waldens we asked some friends of the Center to write reflections on their experience of reading this dialogue on the legacy of the American Renaissance.

Read "A Path to Seeing" by Winston Langley, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Read "A Dialogue of Affection and Respect" by Rick Wilson, Technology Instructor, Art Technology Group, Cambridge, MA


Read a story about our special Book Signing and Discussion Event with Bosco and Myerson held on September 24, 2009!

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